The Eden II Programs Diagnostic and Outreach Center is offering a FREE webinar in September! All of our webinars are delivered by a live presenter who is a topic area expert with years of experience working with individuals on the spectrum. The live format allows for frequent opportunities to interact with the presenter.
Please note you must be registered and attend webinars to obtain CEUs (where applicable).
These webinars were made possible through a generous grant provided by the New York City Department of Mental Health & Hygiene.
Functional Communication Training in Individuals with Autism
Jan Downey, MA, CCC-SLP, TSHH
Functional speech or communication is not synonymous with functional communication training (FCT). This presentation will define both and discuss the correlation between communication and behavior. Individuals with autism often have difficulty communicating which often results in challenging behaviors in an effort to have their needs met. In order to eliminate a challenging behavior an appropriate and functional one needs to replace it. Prior to intervention potential communicative alternative behaviors need to be assessed along with their response effort. Common behavioral difficulties will be presented along with the various possible functions. FCT procedures will be discussed focusing on the two basic components and three steps involved. Programming for generalization will also be addressed and a case study will be presented.
1. Attendees will define functional speech or communication and functional communication training.
2. Attendees will identify the correlation between communication and behavior.
3. Attendees will identify the possible functions of maladaptive behaviors.
4. Attendees will describe the essential components and steps of functional communication training.
5. Attendees will identify ways to program for generalization.
SLPs, Teachers, Parents.
This event is being offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area)
Jan Downey is employed by Eden II Programs where she receives a salary.
Jan Downey is the mother of two children on the Autism Spectrum.